The Grange

Eugene F.L.L.de Lacroix
35
landowner
Christchurch London
John Groom
67
father-in-law retired collector of customs
Essex
Sarah Groom
59
mother-in- law
Middlesex
Eugene de Lacroix
12
son
Chediston
Helen A. de Lacroix
10
daughter
Harleston
William de Lacroix
9
son
Harleston
Rancliffe de Lacroix
8
son
Harleston
Fleetwood de Lacroix
7
son
Harleston
Clement de Lacroix
5
son
Chediston
Emilie Chantrel
21
cook
France
Florence Elmy
16
housemaid
Blyford
Anne Dunnett
15
housemaid
Cookley
Arthur Croft
18
groom
Halesworth
Other sons were Aleth and Beric (both born in France)

Helen de Lacroix (left) at the 'Stone of Ched' with Miss Margery Upcher (right), daughter of the Rector of Halesworth Vicar of Chediston; she was Helen's future sister-in-law. (1913)
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photograph by courtesy of Mrs J. Aldous of Chediston Hall.

Note about the de Lacroix and Parkyns families by Frank Leguen de Lacroix (Jan. 2008)

"Chediston Hall belonged to George Parkyns (originally from Bunny in Nottinghamshire). His son died before him and the estate passed to his sister Marie Clare Parkyns who was the wife of my great great great grandfather Fran├žois Leguen de Lacroix, the so called "last corsair of St Malo" in Britanny. Leguen de Lacroix and Parkyns had shared experiences trading in the far east after the Napoleonic wars in which they had fought on opposite sides. Parkyns' widow, who re-married and became Mrs Rant, had the use of the Hall, paying rent to remain there with her new husband until, when she died, my great grandfather Eugene Louis Leguen de Lacroix took possession. He married Helen Groom of Chediston Grange. The girl on the above photo is Helen, their daughter, who died in Ceylon. The eldest son was Eugene (my grandfather) who spent most of his life in S Africa and inherited the estate on the death of his father in 1936. Other sons were William (who died in California), Rancliffe, Fleetwood, Aleth, Clement and Beric. Clement, Aleth and Beric lived in and around Halesworth for most of their lives. My father Eugene Thomas Parkyns Leguen de Lacroix sold the estate and farms in the mid fifties but still lives in Suffolk. I remember visiting the Hall as a child but it was uninhabitable due to a fire which had destroyed much of the building".